As Goes Vin Scully So Goes the American Football Audience

Well, maybe not exactly but when even USA Today starts highlighting the NFL boycott by public figures the handwriting is on the wall.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/11/05/vin-scully-i-never-watch-another-nfl-game/833765001/

My fervent hope is that Jerry Jones requires his player to respect the flag and that the differential in attendance and ratings between Cowboy games and the rest of the league wakes up the other idiot owners before they kill the NFL out of stupidity and cowardice.

But if they don’t, then let it burn.  It’s a good object lesson for those who take normal Americans for granted.  I wonder what an NFL linesman does when there isn’t any football to play.  Move furniture?  That must pay $4,000,000 a year, right?

Haven’t watched a minute all year and couldn’t be happier.  Baseball was good.  I’ll spend the winter learning a new skill.  And improving my website.  I think I’ll increase my donation to the Wounded Warriors.  They are the real heroes not those steroid laced clowns in the football jerseys.

The Great NFL Boycott Dividend

I remember reading an account of the effort that went into the Apollo 11 moon landing.  This counted all the effort into the space program including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions up to that time including all the work done by both government workers and contractors during this series of projects.  The estimate was 1.5 million man-years.  Breaking this into man-hours (~ 2,000 hours per year) gives us a figure of 3 billion man-hours for this colossal and remarkable achievement.

How many hours a week are expended watching football?  Well, let’s say twenty million fans watch one game every Sunday and Monday.  And let’s say they devote 4 hours to each game.  That’s 160 million man-hours per week.  And let’s say that there are twenty weeks of football a year.  That comes to 3.2 billion man-hours each year.  Hmmm.

Now of course, I’m comparing apples and oranges.  There’s a big difference between a military project motivated by a space race with an existential foe on the one hand and on the other hand twenty million guys trying to forget the grind of the rat race for a few hours every week.

But considering that if you’re not watching the NFL because they’re unpatriotic, that sort of makes it a patriotic act.  Damn, I’m an American Hero!  I always thought I’d make it.

But seriously, it seems there’s a lot of time being freed up by an NFL boycott.  Now granted, not all of these viewers are steely-eyed missile men so we’re not talking about moon landing or Manhattan Project results.  But if these hours were devoted to nothing more constructive than helping their kids with their homework we’d be looking at a significant improvement to America’s trajectory.

And even if they just used the time to do something else recreational like reading a book or surfing the net, that would be a good chunk of change taken out of the pockets of ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and especially ESPN.  These people are the ones who have created this social justice monster and they are the ones who should reap the results.

What would be fun to do would be to consciously gather up those hours for yourself and use them for some specific purpose or project.  Even better, people could band together and reclaim that time (or the equivalent) to accomplish something useful and hopefully rewarding.  Imagine if you had a group of buddies who typically watched the Sunday and Monday night games and instead started a bowling team.  They could even have the wives come along and play.  Or if it’s just the guys put together a poker night.  Is there any way to call that less useful than staring at the tube?

So, is this a permanent change or just a blip?  Well, the NFL boycott is looking more and more like a popular idea.  The drop in viewing is so significant that the media has stopped pretending it’s just due to baseball or weather or whatever.  Now they’re just hoping that the owners can paper over all the anger and everyone will forget and go back to loving football.  Well, I think that ship has sailed.  I think a lot of guys have discovered just how much time they get back for other good stuff if they turn off the NFL.  I think, short of a groveling apology by the Kneelers, that a lot of the fans won’t be coming back.  Hell, for some of them, even that won’t do.  We know how they really feel.  They hate this country and by extension they hate us.  Good.  Right back at them.  Think what you can do with an extra four or five hours on your weekend and a good night’s sleep on Monday night.  Multiply that by a few million men and to paraphrase Apollo 13, “Goodell we have a problem.”  Call that a mission that won’t be controlled.

The Yankees Rescue My Sports Season

Back in the 1990s I would watch the Yankees with my kids and we’d enjoy the show.  Some years they went all the way and won the Series.  Sometimes they got knocked out.  But Steinbrenner always fielded an interesting team and they mostly entertained.  When the new Millennium turned in 2001 and the Yankees lost in the seventh game of the Series against the Diamondbacks management decided to clean house and got rid of several of the older veterans.  They were replaced with very high-priced free-agent upgrades.  But the team lost its soul.  They were just hired guns.  And as often as not, they severely underperformed.  And it went on and on and on.  If the Yankees had just allowed a couple of rebuilding years and gone for some young talent they would have come back strong and saved hundreds of millions of dollars.  And then they bought A-Rod.  Wow.  And then they let Jeter continue as the shortstop even after he needed a walker to get around the infield.  And all the fun was gone.  Nothing but whining year after year.

But now Jeter has mercifully retired.  A-Rod will get the next 10 years of his Yankee salary from the Fox Sports Post-Game Studio where his damage will be limited to English grammar and comprehension.  And this year the average age of the line-up is ten years younger than during the Jeter/A-Rod era.

Just in time for my boycott of the Kneeling NFL the Yankees are playing playoff baseball again and having a hell of a lot of fun.  So now I can watch the Yankees with my grandsons and tell them about guys like Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil and the other Yankees that were put out to pasture to make room for Jason Giambi and A-Rod (at ten times the salary and half the production) and the other steroid juiced duds who infected the 2000s.  And even if they get knocked out before the Series they provide a positive attitude about hustling for the play and running out a grounder because they’re not aging multi-millionaire’s yet.  They’re still on their way up and they have excitement about playing.

And the best part is they’ll stand for the Anthem and won’t be wearing socks that call cops pigs or glamorize thugs.  They still seem to respect the Flag, the Country and the Fans.